DOING THE WILL OF GOD
Matthew 7:21-23 Key Verse: 7:21
“Not everyone who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do the will of my Father in heaven.”
1. Jesus contrasts two groups of people, with two different eternal destinies. What do these two groups of people have in common? How are they different? In context, Jesus spoke about two different types of “trees” in a parable in Chapter 7 verse 18. What are the fruits?
2. According to Scripture, what are some examples of the will of God for us? (John 6:40, 1 Thes 4:3, 1 Thes 5:18, 1 Peter 2: 13-15). What are some challenges in following God’s will? How can obeying the universal wills of God explained in the Bible be a starting point for our unique purpose in doing God’s work?
3. How can we apply doing God’s will in our relationships, finances, career, and ministry? How is doing the will of God related to Matthew 6:33? How can our own will at times be different from Gods’ will? (Luke 9:23)
4. Why did Jesus say he will tell some “depart from me I never knew you”? Why is a relationship with God required to enter the kingdom of God? What are the motives we should have in seeking the will of God in our life? (John 10:14)